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Capital District Garden & Flower Show

  • greenery display complete with a wooden treehouse
  • greenery display with a fountain in the middle
  • yellow daffodils with pink and purple tulips
  • close-up of a purple flower
  • an alice in wonderland-themed garden display with a long table
  • a hat decorated with flowers
  • a floral exhibit featuring pineapples
  • what looks like a little house with floral exhibits in front
  • floral exhibits in front of a faux home
When: Friday, Mar 22, 2019 until Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 10:00 AM

2019 Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Renowned for its full-scale landscape exhibits and creatively designed gardens, the Capital District Garden & Flower Show, now in its 32nd year, brings together local landscape professionals to transform the McDonough Sports Complex at HVCC into a backyard environment complete with shrubs, flowers, ponds, waterfalls, retaining walls, sidewalks, and lawns.

Details are still being finalized for the 2019 Capital District Garden & Flower Show - stay tuned for more information as it becomes available! For an idea of what to expect, check out the details from last year's show:

2018 Capital District Garen & Flower Show

There will be demonstrations, lectures, and presentations from local and regional experts, including expert gardener and acclaimed author Tovah Martin. Other speakers include Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum, Peter Bowden of Hewitt's Garden Center, Suzanne Balet-Haight of Balet Flowers and Design, and educators and master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension. 

Partial proceeds from the show benefit Wildwood Programs, which is celebrating 51 years of serving individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, complex learning disabilities, and autism. 

This is an event not only for garden enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to escape winter for a taste of spring! 

Floral Design Competition

The centerpiece of the show is the annual Floral Design Competition, which features approximately 100 amazing and amusing exhibits presented by area professional floral designers, garden club members, and amateurs. 

First, second, and third place winners in 14 categories are selected by an expert panel of judges. Ribbons are awarded for Best of Show and Most Creative. Show attendees can vote for their favorite floral design through 1pm on Sunday.

Show Highlights Include

  • Over 16,000 square feet of fully blooming gardens.
  • A garden marketplace featuring over 160 outdoor living, farm-to-table and garden-themed retail exhibits, tools, books, patio furniture, and many unique garden and craft items
  • More perennial, flower, succulent, plant, seed, and bulb vendors this year
  • Wonders of spring-themed sand sculpture by artist Phil Singer, which will be created in real time at the arena throughout the weekend
  • Wine tastings from 10 New York State wineries
  • A children's playland, presented by Backyard Sheds and Gazebos
  • Soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension for a minimum donation
  • Concessions from Prime Catering

Dates & Times

  • Friday, March 23rd, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 24th, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 25th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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